OCALICON continues a 9-year tradition of offering high-quality sessions and networking opportunities focused on meeting the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities. The tenth annual conference will be held November 16-18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH USA.
What is it?
OCALICON is hosted by OCALI – The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Established by Ohio state legislation in 2005, the agency's mission is to inform public policy, consult and collaborate with both state and national partners, and research, develop, and deploy best practices.
OCALICON is the manifestation of this mission, connecting people from across Ohio, the nation, and around the globe with ideas, strategies, and practices for improving the outcomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities, or low-incidence disabilities across the lifespan.
Since 2007, over 12,000 participants from all 50 states and 12 countries have attended.
Past keynote and featured speakers include:
- Peter Gerhardt
- Temple Grandin
- Kim Peek
- Cathy Pratt
- Ed Trevathan
- Ann Turnbull
- Joe Steffy
- Paula Kluth
- Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher
- Dan Habib
- Tamara Morgan and Alex Truesdell
- Connor Griffin
- Ami Klin
- Dani Bowman
- Emily Rubin
- Tim Harris
- Barry Prizant
- Michelle Garcia Winner
OCALICON has and continues to serve as host for national summits that are held in conjunction with the conference, including:
- National Autism Leadership Summit
- University Summit on Autism Spectrum Disorders
- TBI Summit
- UDL Summit
Over 500 leading companies and organizations have exhibited at OCALICON since 2007. A wide array of products and services are always featured, including:
- Advocacy and Support Programs
- Apparel and Gifts
- Assistive Technology
- Educational Products
- Sensory Products and Supports
- Residential Services
Why Columbus, OH?
OCALI happens to be located in the state capital of Ohio. While it's certainly convenient to host our largest annual event in our own backyard, Columbus really is an ideal location for OCALICON. An electric, cosmopolitan, midwestern US city named by the Intelligent Communities Forum as one of the top 7 most intelligent cities in the world, C-bus, as it is affectionately known, gathers people from all walks of life into a compact easy-to-navigate metropolitan area where you're only "20 minutes from everything." So you get all the advantages of a bustling urban environment -- eclectic restaurants, numerous things to see and do -- without feeling overwhelmed or insignificant. As Columbus Crew SC fans will tell you, Columbus is massive, but in a friendly, communal, "let-me-see-what-I-can-do-for-you" kind of way.
Once you arrive at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, everything is contained in the north end, making it easy and convenient to move from session to session or in and out of the exhibit hall. Numerous restaurants, the North Market, Short North Arts District, and other attractions are close by, so you don't have to drive or take a shuttle elsewhere. But of course if you want to break away in the evening to dine, explore, or shop, it's really easy to do so.